Learning Resource Services

We are excited to work with you and your child(ren).

The Learning Resources team is designed to support students with their unique learning needs and to support staff in assisting students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in their classroom. Students are supported throughout the year by Special Education Resource Teachers (SERTs) who provide strategies to be used in programming and in assisting student learning. SERTs can assist students with goal setting, self-advocacy,efficiency, resiliency, and in growing independence and confidence in their learning skills. Our SERTs work closely with students to help them understand their individual learner profile and to recognize which accommodations and resources will help them to achieve the best results.

The support can be offered through:

  • The Learning Strategies (GLE) course; and, SERT support services.

  • Coaching in assistive technology, including Read and Write for Google (text-to-voice & voice-to-text) software; Live Scribe Pens, C-Pens.

  • Homework support in the Resource Room (Room 208 and 208A) from the SERT or Educational Assistant (EA);

  • Support for learning, assessments and evaluations, including writing in an alternative location;

  • Development and maintenance of an IEP.

An IEP is a written plan describing the learning resource services required by particular students, based on the student's strengths and needs and their affect on the student's ability to access the curriculum and to demonstrate their learning to their full potential. The IEP includes a record of the particular accommodations needs to help the student access the curriculum, across all subject areas as outlined in the Ministry of Education's curriculum policy documents and or alternative expectations in program areas not represented in the Ontario curriculum.

An IEP is developed for every student identified as exceptional by an Identification, Placement & Review Committee (IPRC). An IEP may also be developed for a student who has not been formally identified as exceptional but who requires a learning resource service when a student's achievement will be assessed according to curriculum expectations and who regularly requires accommodations for instructional or assessment purposes.

Students or parents are encouraged to contact Ms. Cronin for more information about Learning Resource Services or regarding specific learning concerns at cronins@hdsb.ca or by calling the school at 905 878 2839 ext. 246.

The MD Learning Resource team is here to help.

Sarah Cronin

Program Lead

Marg Zuccato, Educational Assistant

Kylie Balogh

Davida Hardie

Chris Jones

Heather Norwood

Stephen O'Donnell

Todd SMiley

Allison Welbourn


SERT STUDENT SUPPORT HOURS

SERT Google Classrooms

Sarah Cronin (Quad 2A) & Davida Hardie (Quad 1B) Subjects: English, Humanities, Social Sciences, Gr. 9 Math Online hrs: 3:00-4:00 pm

Google Classroom Code: 7d5b3kd


Todd Smiley (Quad 1A) & Chris Jones (Quad 2B) Subjects: Gr. 9 Math, Science, English, Tech/Business Online hrs: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Google Classroom Code: qdlsm7w


Helpful Links & Information

Understanding Learning Differences D.J. Cunningham's TedTalk - Learning Via Your Style

Resources for Success Amy Cuddy's TedTalk - Your body language may shape who you are

HDSB Assistive Technology Shawn Achor's TedTalk - The happy secret to better work

The Learning Resources Program area has created a Google Classroom for Students, Parents, and Teachers to access as a Learning Resource Library. In it, you will find links to instructional/tutorial videos, Asssistive Technology tutorials/links, Tips to support learning, links to online resources that support learning with a specific focus on strategies to support students with learning differences, mental wellness concerns, and Autism. This classroom is a living classroom and will be updated consistently. We ask that students, families, and teachers join the Google Classroom called MDHS Learning Resource Library with this access code: um5gkxo .